Department of Health written question – answered on 12th September 2014.

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will direct the General Medical Council to release papers relating to the pre-signing of abortion HSA1 certificates by doctors to the police for investigation under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and Perjury Act 1911.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department considers the pre-signing of forms without any consideration of information relating to the woman to be incompatible with the requirements of the Abortion Act.

The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent statutory body, and the Secretary of State does not have any express legal powers to direct the GMC.

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